The Denver Pacific Railway

The Denver Pacific Railway (HM28ZL)

Location: Nunn, CO 80648 Weld County
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N 40° 42.603', W 104° 46.901'

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When the Union Pacific Railroad decided to go through Wyoming instead of through Colorado, many people moved from the territory. Denver itself was shrinking. Former Governor John Evans rescued Colorado Territory by promoting a connecting railroad from Denver to Cheyenne. The new railroad received no federal bond subsidy as had the Union Pacific, but Congress provided a generous land grant to encourage investment. Grading began in 1868, and the road was completed in June, 1870. The tracks ran through this point.
  Denver Pacific agents encouraged settlers to purchase land on the company's grant, and Horace Greeley supported the idea of an agricultural colony in the pages of his New York Tribune. The Union Colony at Greeley (1870) was one result of these efforts. In 1880 the Denver Pacific was absorbed by the Union Pacific.
HM NumberHM28ZL
Year Placed1965
Placed ByThe State Highway Department, by the Department of Game, Fish, and Parks, and by the State Historical Society of Colorado from the Mrs. J. N. Hall Endowment
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Date Added Monday, July 2nd, 2018 at 10:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13T E 518440 N 4506593
Decimal Degrees40.71005000, -104.78168333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 42.603', W 104° 46.901'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 42' 36.18" N, 104° 46' 54.06" W
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Area Code(s)970
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 182 US-85, Nunn CO 80648, US
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